The track permit is personal. The application requires the following information: name, address and post code. Any snowmobile you use must have valid vehicle insurance and it must be registered. You have to keep the registration document with you when driving.
The track permit grants its holder the right to drive a snowmobile on marked snowmobile tracks within areas controlled by Metsähallitus and the Finnish Forest Research Institute in all of Finland during the snow-covered period.
Traffic on snowmobile routes is subject to the Road Traffic Act. A snowmobile driver on these routes must be at least 15 years of age and have a T-class driver's licence. The age limit also applies to driving a snowmobile in terrain, outside of the routes.
A snowmobile is an off-road vehicle and it is intended for driving in terrain; as a rule, driving a snowmobile on roads is prohibited. Driving is also prohibited on roads that have not been plowed and cleared of snow.
However, a snowmobile may be temporarily driven on roads in the event that moving in the terrain is unduly difficult. When doing so, the driver must drive cautiously and attempt to use the part of the road that is not plowed. When driving a snowmobile on roads, the speed limit is 40 km/h and if the snowmobile is connected to a sled, for example, the sled cannot have passengers on-board.
Deviating from the track without a separate permit is only allowed on ice-covered water areas.
The highest speed limit for snowmobiles in terrain and on routes is 60 km/h. On ice-covered water areas the speed limit is 80 km/h. If you are pulling a sled with people on-board, the speed limit is 40 km/h.
A crash helmet must be worn both in terrain and on the snowmobile routes. This also applies to passengers under 15 years of age. The driver of the snowmobile is responsible for ensuring that underage passengers wear a helmet.
For information on this, see the permit terms.
You may purchase a family permit if you have more than one snowmobiling family member over 15 years of age in your household. The personal season track permit also already acts as a family permit. The names of the family members who drive a snowmobile are listed on the permit.
It is possible to get an extension on the track permit from the Metsähallitus service point in Upper Lapland to allow a snowmobile driver to deviate from the marked track when guided by a local resident during a limited period of time.
The track permit grants the right to drive on the marked tracks in wilderness areas. It is possible to get an extension on the track permit from the Metsähallitus service point in Upper Lapland to allow traversing to a property situated outside of a marked snowmobile track and to drive to a pre-determined location in the company of a local resident.
If the property has a registered easement, it can be driven to without a separate permit. In the event that there is no easement, the real estate holder needs permission from the landowner.
You can find charts for snowmobile tracks controlled by Metsähallitus from the Track charts page.